Skin tags are benign growths of skin that affect nearly everyone at some point in life. The present as small fleshy flaps attached to your skin and they can appear nearly anywhere on the body.
When they appear on the penis or in your genital region, though, they can be alarming and may interfere with your comfort in intimate situations. While skin tags themselves are little cause for concern, they are essentially harmless, they do not go away on their own.
Causes of Skin Tags on Penile Shaft
No one is clear on the precise cause of skin tags on the penile shaft, though there are certain things believed to have a contributing influence, such as:
Hormonal imbalances or fluctuations.
Friction. However, skin tags caused by friction or rubbing are more common in the moist areas where the skin folds together than along the penile shaft.
Type 2 diabetes. It is possible to have skin tags without having type 2 diabetes but having type 2 diabetes is believed to contribute to the development of skin tags.
Of course, you may have penile shaft skin tags without having any of the potential contributing factors, too. The bottom line is that there are still many things about the human body that continue to mystify modern science.
Symptoms of Skin Tags on the Penis
Skin tags vary in size, shape, and, to some extent, texture. Skin tags on the penile shaft are located in a prominent place and usually take on the color of the skin around them, though it is possible for them to take on any color from a pinkish brown color to a darker brown color. If they become aggravated, they may even turn black.
They range in size from two to three millimeters but may be as large as five millimeters or smaller. No one is certain yet about what it is that influences the number of skin tags appearing in an area or their sizes.
Diagnosis of Skin Tags on the Penile Shaft
Because there are a variety of conditions that may be mistaken for skin tags, it’s important to visit your general practitioner to rule out the possibility of other conditions. Several other conditions are commonly mistaken for skin tags, according to Men’s Health Mag, including:
Angiokeratomas of Fordyce
When visiting your doctor, it is likely he will discuss your sexual history before examining the skin tags and may require further testing to rule out the possibility of other conditions or a sexually transmitted disease or infections. Once other conditions have been ruled out your doctor will likely discuss treatment options with you.
Skin Tag Removal On Penile Shaft
Since penile skin tags pose no real health risk, treatment is not required unless it causes discomfort, pain, or an obstruction that may hinder daily activities. Most men consider removal for cosmetic purposes.
The penile shaft, after all, is a highly sensitive region for men, especially those who are still sexually active. Even if you’re in a long-term monogamous relationship, it can cause discomfort that may interfere with performance or mood, and eventually, take its toll on the relationship bliss.
There are a variety of options available from your physician as well as at home remedies you may wish to attempt. Your doctor, who may be your primary care physician or dermatologist, may recommend one of the following treatment options for penile shaft skin tag removal:
Cutting of the skin tags
Burning or cauterizing the skin tags
Cryotherapy to freeze the skin tags
A skin tag on the penile shaft may be an alarming thing to wake up to. Fortunately, it is something that presents no immediate threat to your health and can be fairly easily remedied.